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MEET THE TEAM
Roy “Neal” Linnartz was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas. He graduated from Canyon High School, received his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He enjoys practicing law and mediating cases to help resolve disputes: hillcountrymediation.com. Neal enjoys brewing beer and serving his community in the following roles:
- Comal County Bar Association, Treasurer (2013/2014), President (2014/2015)
- College of The State Bar of Texas 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
- New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation, Past President
- Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., Board Secretary & Family Law Mediator
- Wurstfest, Inc., Shareholder, Vice Chair of Gates Committee 2014, 2015, 2020, 2021, 2022
- New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Blue Coat Life Member, Past Chair of Transportation Committee 2017 & 2108
- Leadership New Braunfels class of 2013
- Braunfels Foundation Trust, Baron
PETER A. JAMES
Peter James grew up in Houston, Texas where he graduated from William B. Travis High School. Peter received his Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University and his Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School. Peter enjoys watching his favorite sports teams on the weekend and spending time outdoors.
Kimberly was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She has a broad range of experience in the legal field that began while working as a paralegal. Kimberly completed her undergraduate degree at Lamar University and went on to attend law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law. While in law school, Kimberly also earned her mediation certificate.
In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and Tex-Mex!
- State of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
Joyce Compton was born and raised in Austin, Texas, but has lived in New Braunfels for nearly 20 years. She attended Texas State University, receiving her degree in Mass Communication – Advertising. In her spare time, Joyce can be found volunteering for the New Braunfels Parks Foundation, of which she’s currently the President, or spending time with her twin boys. You can reach Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org for all consultations and scheduling purposes.
Karmen Binka grew up as a military brat, residing in various locations. Her family spent several years living at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Randolph High School and considers Randolph AFB to be her “hometown”. Karmen completed her undergraduate degree in Accounting at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and received her law degree from Texas Tech School of Law. Karmen has also earned her mediation certificate.
Karmen likes to travel, to research genealogy, and to volunteer for her church. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her college-age kids, and the family’s two dogs.
Hope was adopted from the New Braunfels Humane Society in 2012. She loves greeting clients, belly rubs, and chewing on rawhide.
September 7, 2022
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REVIEW YOUR WILL AND OTHER ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS?
If there is a death, birth, adoption, divorce, or other life-changing events in your life or the life of a beneficiary, executor, trustee, guardian, or power of attorney, it is worthwhile to review your estate planning documents to see if any changes need to be made.
September 7, 2022
WHY YOU NEED A WILL, A SCENARIO.
Decedent died intestate (without a Will). Decedent has 3 children from a prior marriage. Decedent remarried and had been married to his current wife for 20 years when he passed. Decedent had a farm he inherited (separate property), a homestead house purchased with his current spouse (community property), and $100,000 cash (community property).
September 7, 2022
CAN I USE AN AFFIDAVITS OF HEIRSHIP TO SELL REAL ESTATE OF WHICH I AM AN HEIR WHEN THE DECEDENT DIDN’T HAVE A WILL?
Possibly. Affidavits of Heirship (“Affidavits”) are not like a deed that conveys title but rather is evidence of who the heirs are to complete a chain of title so the heirs can sell the property.